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Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II ADMISSION OF ADVOCATES AND SOLICITORS

Division 1 — Board of Legal Education

Division 2 — Qualified persons

Part III PRACTISING CERTIFICATES

Part IV PRIVILEGES OF ADVOCATES AND SOLICITORS

Part V THE LAW SOCIETY OF SINGAPORE

Division 1 — Establishment, purposes and powers of Society

Division 2 — Members of Society and subscriptions

Division 3 — Council of Society

Division 4 — Election of members of Council

Division 5 — Officers of Council

Division 6 — Powers of Council

Division 7 — Proceedings of Council

Division 8 — General meetings of Society

Part VI PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE OF SOLICITORS

Part VIA LAW CORPORATIONS

Part VIB LIMITED LIABILITY LAW PARTNERSHIPS

Part VII DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

Part VIII REMUNERATION RECEIVED BY SINGAPORE LAW PRACTICES OR SOLICITORS, OR IN RESPECT OF PRACTICE OF SINGAPORE LAW

Part IX RECOVERY AND TAXATION OF COSTS

Part IXA JOINT LAW VENTURES, FORMAL LAW ALLIANCES, FOREIGN LAW PRACTICES, REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES, FOREIGN LAWYERS, AND SOLICITORS PRACTISING IN JOINT LAW VENTURES OR FOREIGN LAW PRACTICES

Part X MISCELLANEOUS

FIRST SCHEDULE Intervention in Solicitor’s Practice

SECOND SCHEDULE Inadequate Professional Services

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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PART IXA
JOINT LAW VENTURES,
FORMAL LAW ALLIANCES,
FOREIGN LAW PRACTICES,
REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES,
FOREIGN LAWYERS, AND
SOLICITORS PRACTISING IN
JOINT LAW VENTURES OR
FOREIGN LAW PRACTICES
Interpretation of this Part
130A.
—(1)  In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Formal Law Alliance” means a Formal Law Alliance licensed under section 130C;
“permitted areas of legal practice” means all areas of legal practice other than any area of legal practice prescribed as an area to be excluded from the ambit of this definition;
“relevant date” means 19th September 20084;
“representative office” means an office set up in Singapore by a foreign law practice to carry out only liaison or promotional work for the foreign law practice, without providing legal services in Singapore or conducting any other business activities.
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(2)  In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires —
(a)
a reference to this Part shall be construed so as to include a reference to any rules made under this Part; and
(b)
a reference to the contravention of a provision includes a reference to the failure to comply with any condition of any licence, registration or approval imposed under that provision or by section 130Q(5).
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Joint Law Venture
130B.
—(1)  A foreign law practice and a Singapore law practice may apply jointly for a Joint Law Venture licence if they satisfy —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may, after consulting such authorities as he thinks fit, grant or refuse an application under subsection (1).
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(3)  An application under subsection (1) may be granted, and a Joint Law Venture licence may be issued, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(4)  A Joint Law Venture licence shall —
(a)
entitle the constitution, in such manner as may be prescribed, of a Joint Law Venture by the foreign law practice and the Singapore law practice to which the licence has been issued;
(b)
notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Part IV, entitle the Joint Law Venture, during the period of validity of the licence —
(i)
to practise Singapore law in accordance with such terms and conditions as may be prescribed; and
(ii)
to such other privileges as may be prescribed or otherwise conferred by law, or as the Attorney-General may, with the approval of the Minister, confer; and
(c)
notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Part IV, entitle the constituent foreign law practice of the Joint Law Venture, during the period of validity of the licence —
(i)
to practise Singapore law through the Joint Law Venture in, and only in, the permitted areas of legal practice, in accordance with such terms and conditions as may be prescribed; and
(ii)
to such other privileges as may be prescribed or otherwise conferred by law, or as the Attorney-General may, with the approval of the Minister, confer.
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(5)  A Joint Law Venture, or its constituent foreign law practice and constituent Singapore law practice, shall pay to the Attorney-General such licence fee at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed.
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(6)  Without prejudice to the solicitor-client privilege that exists between —
(a)
a foreign law practice or Singapore law practice; and
(b)
its client, or a client of a Joint Law Venture of which it is the constituent foreign law practice or constituent Singapore law practice,
solicitor-client privilege exists between a Joint Law Venture and its client in the same way as it exists between a solicitor and his client.
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(7)  Except as may otherwise be prescribed, nothing in this Act shall prevent the constituent foreign law practice and the constituent Singapore law practice of a Joint Law Venture from sharing office premises, profits or client information with respect to the legal practice of the Joint Law Venture.
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(8)  For the avoidance of doubt, Parts VIA and VIB shall not apply to a Joint Law Venture.
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(9)  A Joint Law Venture which is a company shall, notwithstanding that the shares in the Joint Law Venture are held by more than 20 members or by a corporation, be deemed to be an exempt private company for the purposes of the Companies Act (Cap. 50).
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(10)  Notwithstanding section 27 of the Companies Act —
(a)
a Joint Law Venture which is a limited company need not have the word “Limited” or “Berhad” as part of its name; and
(b)
a Joint Law Venture which is a private company need not have the word “Private” or “Sendirian” as part of its name.
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(11)  In exercising his powers under this section, the Attorney-General may, with the approval of the Minister, waive or modify the application of any requirement under this Part in relation to a Joint Law Venture or its constituent foreign law practice or constituent Singapore law practice.
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(12)  An entity which, immediately before the relevant date, was registered as a Joint Law Venture under the provisions of this section as in force immediately before the relevant date shall be deemed to be a Joint Law Venture constituted under this section, and the foreign law practice and the Singapore law practice constituting such an entity shall be deemed to have been issued a Joint Law Venture licence subject to the conditions referred to in subsection (3)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case, with effect from the relevant date.
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Formal Law Alliance
130C.
—(1)  One or more foreign law practices and one or more Singapore law practices may apply jointly for a Formal Law Alliance licence if they satisfy —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may, after consulting such authorities as he thinks fit, grant or refuse an application under subsection (1).
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(3)  An application under subsection (1) may be granted, and a Formal Law Alliance licence may be issued, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(4)  A Formal Law Alliance licence shall —
(a)
entitle the formation of a Formal Law Alliance by the law practices to which the licence has been issued (each referred to in this Part as a member of the Formal Law Alliance);
(b)
notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Part IV, entitle the Formal Law Alliance, during the period of validity of the licence, to such privileges as may be prescribed or otherwise conferred by law; and
(c)
notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Part IV, entitle each foreign law practice which is a member of the Formal Law Alliance, during the period of validity of the licence —
(i)
to practise Singapore law in, and only in, such areas of legal practice and in accordance with such terms and conditions as may be prescribed; and
(ii)
to such other privileges as may be prescribed or otherwise conferred by law.
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(5)  A Formal Law Alliance or its members shall pay to the Attorney-General such licence fee at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed.
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(6)  Without prejudice to the solicitor-client privilege that exists between —
(a)
a foreign law practice or Singapore law practice; and
(b)
its client, or a client of a Formal Law Alliance of which it is a member,
solicitor-client privilege exists between a Formal Law Alliance and its client in the same way as it exists between a solicitor and his client.
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(7)  Except as may otherwise be prescribed, nothing in this Act shall prevent a foreign law practice which is a member of a Formal Law Alliance and a Singapore law practice which is a member of the Formal Law Alliance from sharing office premises, profits or client information with respect to the legal practice of the Formal Law Alliance.
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(8)  A foreign law practice or Singapore law practice may be a joint applicant for more than one Formal Law Alliance licence.
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(9)  An alliance formed by one or more foreign law practices and one or more Singapore law practices which, immediately before the relevant date, was registered as a Formal Law Alliance under the provisions of this section as in force immediately before the relevant date shall be deemed to be a Formal Law Alliance formed under this section, and the law practices forming such an alliance shall be deemed to have been issued a Formal Law Alliance licence subject to the conditions referred to in subsection (3)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case, with effect from the relevant date.
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Qualifying Foreign Law Practice
130D.
—(1)  A foreign law practice may apply for a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence if it satisfies —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may, after consulting such authorities as he thinks fit and with the approval of the Minister, grant or refuse an application under subsection (1).
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(3)  An application under subsection (1) may be granted, and a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence may be issued, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(4)  A Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence shall, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Part IV, entitle the foreign law practice to which the licence has been issued, during the period of validity of the licence —
(a)
to practise Singapore law in, and only in, the permitted areas of legal practice, in accordance with such terms and conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
to such other privileges as may be prescribed or otherwise conferred by law, or as the Attorney-General may, with the approval of the Minister, confer.
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(5)  A Qualifying Foreign Law Practice shall pay to the Attorney-General such licence fee at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed.
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(6)  In exercising his powers under this section, the Attorney-General may, with the approval of the Minister, waive or modify the application of any requirement under this Part in relation to a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice.
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Licensed foreign law practice
130E.
—(1)  A foreign law practice which intends to provide any legal services in Singapore shall apply for a foreign law practice licence.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may, after consulting such authorities as he thinks fit, grant or refuse an application under subsection (1).
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(3)  An application under subsection (1) may be granted, and a foreign law practice licence may be issued, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(4)  A foreign law practice licence shall, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Part IV, entitle the licensed foreign law practice to which the licence has been issued, during the period of validity of the licence —
(a)
to practise Singapore law in, and only in, such areas of legal practice and in accordance with such terms and conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
to such other privileges as may be prescribed or otherwise conferred by law.
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(5)  A licensed foreign law practice shall pay to the Attorney-General such licence fee at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed.
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(6)  A foreign law practice which, immediately before the relevant date, was registered by the Attorney-General under any rules made under the repealed section 130H(a) as in force immediately before the relevant date shall be deemed to be a licensed foreign law practice, and to have been issued a foreign law practice licence subject to the conditions referred to in subsection (3)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case, with effect from the relevant date.
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Representative office
130F.
—(1)  A foreign law practice which intends to operate a representative office in Singapore shall apply for a representative office licence.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may grant or refuse an application under subsection (1).
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(3)  An application under subsection (1) may be granted, and a representative office licence may be issued, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(4)  A representative office licence shall entitle the foreign law practice to which the licence has been issued to operate a representative office in Singapore during the period of validity of the licence.
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(5)  A foreign law practice which has been issued a representative office licence shall pay to the Attorney-General such licence fee at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed.
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(6)  A representative office which, immediately before the relevant date, was registered by the Attorney-General under any rules made under the repealed section 130H(a) as in force immediately before the relevant date shall be deemed to be licensed under this section, and the foreign law practice which had applied for the registration of the representative office shall be deemed to have been issued a representative office licence subject to the conditions referred to in subsection (3)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case, with effect from the relevant date.
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Suspension or revocation of Joint Law Venture licence or Formal Law Alliance licence
130G.
—(1)  The Attorney-General may, by notice in writing to a Joint Law Venture or a Formal Law Alliance, suspend or revoke the Joint Law Venture licence or Formal Law Alliance licence, as the case may be, which was issued in respect of it, if the Attorney-General is satisfied that there is sufficient reason for doing so.
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(2)  Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Attorney-General may, by notice in writing to a Joint Law Venture or a Formal Law Alliance, suspend or revoke the Joint Law Venture licence or Formal Law Alliance licence, as the case may be, which was issued in respect of it, if —
(a)
the registration or authorisation to practise law in a state or territory outside Singapore of the constituent foreign law practice of the Joint Law Venture or of a foreign law practice which is a member of the Formal Law Alliance, as the case may be —
(i)
has been cancelled by the relevant authority of that state or territory as a result of any criminal, civil or disciplinary proceedings; or
(ii)
has lapsed;
(b)
the Joint Law Venture or Formal Law Alliance, as the case may be, fails to comply with any requirement under this Part;
(c)
the Joint Law Venture or Formal Law Alliance, as the case may be, fails to comply with any condition subject to which the Joint Law Venture licence or Formal Law Alliance licence, as the case may be, was issued;
(d)
the constituent foreign law practice of the Joint Law Venture or a foreign law practice which is a member of the Formal Law Alliance, as the case may be, has been dissolved or is in liquidation;
(e)
the Joint Law Venture or Formal Law Alliance, as the case may be, has been dissolved or reconstituted without the approval of the Attorney-General; or
(f)
the Attorney-General is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so.
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(3)  Before suspending or revoking a Joint Law Venture licence or a Formal Law Alliance licence under subsection (1) or (2), the Attorney-General shall give the Joint Law Venture or Formal Law Alliance in respect of which the licence has been issued, or the constituent foreign law practice of the Joint Law Venture or each foreign law practice which is a member of the Formal Law Alliance, as the case may be, not less than 14 days to make representations in writing.
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(4)  Where an entity which was registered as a Joint Law Venture under the provisions of the repealed section 130B as in force immediately before the relevant date is deemed under section 130B(12) to be a Joint Law Venture constituted under section 130B, and any matter has arisen before the relevant date which may constitute a ground for the cancellation of that registration under the provisions of the repealed section 130F as in force immediately before the relevant date —
(a)
the Attorney-General may, on or after the relevant date, rely on that matter as a sufficient reason under subsection (1) to suspend or revoke the Joint Law Venture licence deemed under section 130B(12) to have been issued in respect of that entity; and
(b)
any proceedings in relation to that entity under the repealed section 130F as in force immediately before the relevant date which are pending immediately before the relevant date shall continue, on or after the relevant date, as proceedings under this section.
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(5)  Where an alliance formed by one or more foreign law practices and one or more Singapore law practices which was registered as a Formal Law Alliance under the provisions of the repealed section 130C as in force immediately before the relevant date is deemed under section 130C(9) to be a Formal Law Alliance formed under section 130C, and any matter has arisen before the relevant date which may constitute a ground for the cancellation of that registration under the provisions of the repealed section 130F as in force immediately before the relevant date —
(a)
the Attorney-General may, on or after the relevant date, rely on that matter as a sufficient reason under subsection (1) to suspend or revoke the Formal Law Alliance licence deemed under section 130C(9) to have been issued in respect of that alliance; and
(b)
any proceedings in relation to that alliance under the repealed section 130F as in force immediately before the relevant date which are pending immediately before the relevant date shall continue, on or after the relevant date, as proceedings under this section.
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Suspension or revocation of Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence, foreign law practice licence or representative office licence
130H.
—(1)  The Attorney-General may, by notice in writing to a foreign law practice and, in the case of a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice, with the approval of the Minister, suspend or revoke its Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence, foreign law practice licence or representative office licence, as the case may be, if the Attorney-General is satisfied that there is sufficient reason for doing so.
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(2)  Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Attorney-General may, by notice in writing to a foreign law practice and, in the case of a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice, with the approval of the Minister, suspend or revoke its Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence, foreign law practice licence or representative office licence, as the case may be, if —
(a)
the registration or authorisation of the foreign law practice to practice law in a state or territory outside Singapore —
(i)
has been cancelled by the relevant authority of that state or territory as a result of any criminal, civil or disciplinary proceedings; or
(ii)
has lapsed;
(b)
the foreign law practice fails to comply with any requirement under this Part;
(c)
the foreign law practice fails to comply with any condition subject to which the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence, foreign law practice licence or representative office licence, as the case may be, was issued or renewed, as the case may be;
(d)
the foreign law practice has been dissolved or is in liquidation; or
(e)
the Attorney-General is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so.
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(3)  Before suspending or revoking the Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence, foreign law practice licence or representative office licence of a foreign law practice under subsection (1) or (2), the Attorney-General shall give the foreign law practice not less than 14 days to make representations in writing.
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Registration of foreign lawyer to practise Singapore law in Joint Law Venture or Qualifying Foreign Law Practice
130I.
—(1)  An application may be made for a foreign lawyer to be registered by the Attorney-General to practise Singapore law in a Joint Law Venture or Qualifying Foreign Law Practice, if the foreign lawyer possesses such qualifications and satisfies such requirements as may be prescribed.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may approve an application under subsection (1), and register a foreign lawyer to practise Singapore law in a Joint Law Venture or Qualifying Foreign Law Practice, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(3)  A foreign lawyer who is registered by the Attorney-General to practise Singapore law in a Joint Law Venture or Qualifying Foreign Law Practice may, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Part IV —
(a)
practise Singapore law in, and only in, such areas of legal practice as may be prescribed; and
(b)
recover costs and retain payments in respect of such practice.
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(4)  The registration of a foreign lawyer under this section shall —
(a)
lapse if the Joint Law Venture or Qualifying Foreign Law Practice is dissolved or in liquidation, or if the Joint Law Venture licence or Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence issued in respect of the Joint Law Venture or Qualifying Foreign Law Practice, as the case may be, is suspended or revoked under section 130G; and
(b)
be suspended, for such period as the Attorney-General may think fit, on the occurrence of such events as may be prescribed.
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(5)  Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to affect any right or privilege of an advocate and solicitor conferred by this Act or any other written law.
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(6)  With effect from the relevant date, a foreign lawyer who, immediately before the relevant date, was registered by the Attorney-General under this section as in force immediately before the relevant date shall be deemed to be registered under this section subject to the conditions referred to in subsection (2)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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Registration of foreignlawyer to practise Singapore law in Singapore law practice
130J.
—(1)  An application may be made for a foreign lawyer to be registered by the Attorney-General to practise Singapore law in a Singapore law practice, if the foreign lawyer possesses such qualifications and satisfies such requirements as may be prescribed.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may approve an application under subsection (1), and register a foreign lawyer to practise Singapore law in a Singapore law practice, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(3)  A foreign lawyer who is registered by the Attorney-General to practise Singapore law in a Singapore law practice may, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Part IV, practise Singapore law in, and only in, such areas of legal practice as may be prescribed.
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(4)  The registration of a foreign lawyer under this section shall lapse on the occurrence of such events as may be prescribed.
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(5)  Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to affect any right or privilege of an advocate and solicitor conferred by this Act or any other written law.
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(6)  With effect from the relevant date, a foreign lawyer who, immediately before the relevant date, was registered by the Attorney-General under this section as in force immediately before the relevant date shall be deemed to be registered under this section subject to the conditions referred to in subsection (2)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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Registration of foreign lawyer to practise foreign law in Joint Law Venture, foreign law practice or Singapore law practice
130K.
—(1)  An application may be made for a foreign lawyer to be registered by the Attorney-General to practise foreign law in a Joint Law Venture, foreign law practice or Singapore law practice, if the foreign lawyer possesses such qualifications and satisfies such requirements as may be prescribed.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may approve an application under subsection (1), and register a foreign lawyer to practise foreign law in a Joint Law Venture, foreign law practice or Singapore law practice, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(3)  A foreign lawyer who is registered by the Attorney-General to practise foreign law in a Joint Law Venture, foreign law practice or Singapore law practice shall be entitled to such privileges as may be prescribed.
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(4)  With effect from the relevant date, a foreign lawyer who, immediately before the relevant date, was registered by the Attorney-General under any rules made under the repealed section 130H(b) as in force immediately before the relevant date shall be deemed to be registered under this section subject to the conditions referred to in subsection (2)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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Foreign interests in Singapore law practices
130L.
—(1)  Subject to the provisions of this Part, nothing in this Act shall prevent a foreign lawyer, with the approval of the Attorney-General, from doing any or all of the following:
(a)
being a director, a partner or a shareholder in a Singapore law practice in which he is registered to practise foreign law under section 130K;
(b)
being a director, a partner or a shareholder in a Singapore law practice in which he is registered to practise Singapore law under section 130J;
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(c)
sharing in the profits of any such Singapore law practice.
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(2)  Every foreign lawyer to whom an approval under this section has been granted, and every Singapore law practice in which such a foreign lawyer is registered to practise foreign law under section 130K or is registered to practise Singapore law under section 130J, shall comply with —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case on the foreign lawyer or Singapore law practice, as the case may be.
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(3)  For the avoidance of doubt, the approval of the Attorney-General under this section shall lapse if the registration of the foreign lawyer under section 130J or 130K is cancelled, suspended or otherwise lapses.
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(4)  With effect from the relevant date —
(a)
a foreign lawyer who, immediately before the relevant date, was granted an approval under this section as in force immediately before the relevant date shall be deemed to be granted an approval under this section and shall comply with the conditions referred to in subsection (2)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case on the foreign lawyer; and
(b)
a Singapore law practice in which a foreign lawyer referred to in paragraph (a) was registered to practise foreign law under the repealed section 130H(b) as in force immediately before the relevant date or was registered to practise Singapore law under the repealed section 130J as in force immediately before the relevant date shall comply with the conditions referred to in subsection (2)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case on the Singapore law practice.
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(5)  For the avoidance of doubt, for the purposes of this section and section 130M, it shall be irrelevant whether a foreign lawyer practises in Singapore or elsewhere.
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Measures to ensure compliance with section 130L
130M.
—(1)  Where a Singapore law practice applies for an approval under section 130L in respect of a foreign lawyer, the Attorney-General may require the Singapore law practice making the application, the foreign lawyer and any partner or director of the Singapore law practice to provide such undertakings as he thinks fit to prevent any direct or indirect circumvention of section 130L or any condition under section 130L(2).
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(2)  Where a foreign lawyer, a Singapore law practice or a partner or director of a Singapore law practice has contravened section 130L or any undertaking provided by that person or Singapore law practice, as the case may be, under subsection (1) —
(a)
the foreign lawyer, Singapore law practice or partner or director concerned (as the case may be) shall without delay notify the Attorney-General in writing of the contravention;
(b)
the foreign lawyer or partner or director concerned (as the case may be) shall immediately cease to exercise his voting rights as a shareholder or partner in the Singapore law practice concerned;
(c)
subject to any direction issued by the Attorney-General under subsection (4)(b), the foreign lawyer concerned shall as soon as practicable repay to the Singapore law practice concerned any payment he has received in excess of the amount permitted under any rules made under section 130W;
(d)
the foreign lawyer, Singapore law practice or partner or director concerned (as the case may be) shall take all reasonable steps to remove the circumstances giving rise to the contravention; and
(e)
the foreign lawyer, Singapore law practice or partner or director concerned (as the case may be) shall comply with any directions issued by the Attorney-General under subsections (3) and (4).
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(3)  Where a foreign lawyer, Singapore law practice or partner or director of a Singapore law practice has contravened section 130L or any undertaking required under subsection (1), the Attorney-General may —
(a)
cancel the approval under section 130L in respect of the foreign lawyer concerned; and
(b)
issue directions to the foreign lawyer, Singapore law practice or partner or director concerned (as the case may be) to ensure compliance with section 130L.
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(4)  Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (3)(b), the Attorney-General may direct —
(a)
the foreign lawyer concerned to divest himself of any shares he may have in the Singapore law practice within such time as the Attorney-General may specify;
(b)
the foreign lawyer concerned to repay to the Singapore law practice concerned any payment he has received in excess of the amount permitted under any rules made under section 130W within such time as the Attorney-General may specify; and
(c)
the foreign lawyer concerned to cease doing any act in his capacity as a managing partner, a managing director or a manager of the Singapore law practice concerned.
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(5)  A direction under this section shall be —
(a)
issued in writing and shall specify the provision under section 130L or the undertaking provided under this section that has been contravened; and
(b)
sent to the person or law practice to which it relates at the last known address of that person or law practice.
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Registration of solicitor to practise Singapore law in Joint Law Venture or its constituent foreign law practice, Qualifying Foreign Law Practice or licensed foreign law practice
130N.
—(1)  An application may be made for a solicitor to be registered by the Attorney-General to practise Singapore law in a Joint Law Venture or its constituent foreign law practice, a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice or a licensed foreign law practice, if the solicitor possesses such qualifications and satisfies such requirements as may be prescribed.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may approve an application under subsection (1), and register a solicitor to practise Singapore law in a Joint Law Venture or its constituent foreign law practice, a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice or a licensed foreign law practice, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(3)  Subject to subsection (6), a solicitor who is registered by the Attorney-General to practise Singapore law in a Joint Law Venture or its constituent foreign law practice, and who does not practise concurrently in a Singapore law practice, may practise Singapore law only through the Joint Law Venture and only in the permitted areas of legal practice.
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(4)  Subject to subsection (6), a solicitor who is registered by the Attorney-General to practise Singapore law in a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice may practise Singapore law only in the permitted areas of legal practice.
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(5)  Subject to subsection (6), a solicitor who is registered by the Attorney-General to practise Singapore law in a licensed foreign law practice may practise Singapore law only in such areas of legal practice as may be prescribed.
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(6)  A solicitor shall not be entitled to practise Singapore law under subsection (3), (4) or (5) unless he has in force a practising certificate.
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(7)  Where a solicitor registered by the Attorney-General under this section is permitted, under any rules made under section 130W or by the Attorney-General, to practise concurrently in a Singapore law practice, nothing in this section shall affect the practice of the solicitor in the Singapore law practice.
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Registration of solicitor to practise foreign law in Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice
130O.
—(1)  An application may be made for a solicitor who does not have in force a practising certificate to be registered by the Attorney-General to practise foreign law in a Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice, if the solicitor possesses such qualifications and satisfies such requirements as may be prescribed.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may approve an application under subsection (1), and register a solicitor to practise foreign law in a Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice, subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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(3)  A solicitor who is registered by the Attorney-General to practise foreign law in a Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice shall be entitled to such privileges as may be prescribed.
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(4)  With effect from the relevant date, a solicitor who, immediately before the relevant date, was registered by the Attorney-General under any rules made under the repealed section 130H(c) as in force immediately before the relevant date shall be deemed to be registered under this section subject to the conditions referred to in subsection (2)(a) and such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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Application for and renewal of licence, registration or approval under this Part
130P.
—(1)  An application for any licence, registration or approval under this Part shall be —
(a)
made to the Attorney-General in such form and manner as the Attorney-General may require; and
(b)
accompanied by —
(i)
such fee as may be prescribed; and
(ii)
such documents and information as the Attorney-General may require.
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(2)  Any licence, registration or approval under this Part which is prescribed for the purposes of this subsection shall remain valid until it is suspended, revoked or cancelled in accordance with this Part.
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(3)  Any licence, registration or approval under this Part which is prescribed for the purposes of this subsection shall, unless it is sooner suspended, revoked or cancelled in accordance with this Part, be valid for such period as the Attorney-General may specify.
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(4)  The Attorney-General may renew any licence, registration or approval referred to in subsection (3) for such period as the Attorney-General may specify, on an application —
(a)
made to the Attorney-General in such form and manner as the Attorney-General may require; and
(b)
accompanied by —
(i)
such fee as may be prescribed; and
(ii)
such documents and information as the Attorney-General may require.
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(5)  The Attorney-General may renew any licence, registration or approval referred to in subsection (3) subject to —
(a)
such conditions as may be prescribed for the renewal of that type of licence, registration or approval; and
(b)
such conditions as the Attorney-General may think fit to impose in any particular case.
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Compliance with guidelines, directions, undertakings and conditions
130Q.
—(1)  The Attorney-General may require any person making an application for any licence, registration or approval under this Part to provide such undertakings as he thinks fit to prevent any direct or indirect circumvention of the provisions of this Part.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may, from time to time, issue guidelines relating to any licence, registration or approval under this Part.
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(3)  Where any requirement of any guideline issued under this section conflicts with any requirement specified in this Part, the latter shall prevail.
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(4)  The Attorney-General shall cause all guidelines issued under this section to be published in such manner as will give persons to whom, or entities to which, the guidelines relate adequate notice of the requirements specified therein.
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(5)  It shall be a condition of every licence, registration or approval under this Part that the person or entity licensed, registered or granted approval shall comply with the requirements of this Part, including any guideline issued under this section and any undertaking provided under this section or section 130M.
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(6)  The Attorney-General may, if he is satisfied that any person or entity licensed, registered or granted approval under this Part has contravened any provision of this Part, any guideline issued under this section or any undertaking provided under this section or section 130M, issue directions to that person or entity to ensure compliance by that person or entity.
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(7)  A direction under subsection (6) shall be —
(a)
issued in writing and shall specify the provision of this Part or the guideline issued under this section or the undertaking provided under this section or section 130M that has been contravened; and
(b)
sent to the person or entity to which it relates at the last known address of that person or entity.
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(8)  The Attorney-General may cancel the licence, registration or approval in respect of any person or entity under this Part if that person or entity fails to comply with any condition of the licence, registration or approval of that person or entity under this Part or with any direction of the Attorney-General issued under subsection (6) or section 130M.
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(9)  Where the registration, certification or approval of any person, foreign law practice, Joint Law Venture, Formal Law Alliance or representative office under the repealed Part IXA as in force at any time before the relevant date (referred to in this subsection as the former registration, certification or approval) is deemed to be a licence, a registration or an approval under this Part by any provision of this Part or any rules made under section 130W —
(a)
the deemed licence, registration or approval shall, unless the Attorney-General otherwise determines, be subject to both —
(i)
the same conditions (if any) that applied to the former registration, certification or approval; and
(ii)
the conditions of the deemed licence, registration or approval referred to in section 130B(12), 130C(9), 130E(6), 130F(6), 130I(6), 130J(6), 130K(4), 130L(4) or 130O(4), as the case may be;
(b)
in the event of any inconsistency between any condition referred to in paragraph (a)(i) and any condition referred to in paragraph (a)(ii), the condition referred to in paragraph (a)(ii) shall prevail to the extent of the inconsistency; and
(c)
subsections (5), (6) and (8) shall apply to any guideline or direction issued by the Attorney-General and any undertaking given by any person, before the relevant date in respect of the former registration, certification or approval, as if those guidelines, directions or undertakings were guidelines issued under this section or directions issued under subsection (6) or undertakings provided under this section, respectively.
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(10)  For the avoidance of doubt, a reference to guidelines in this section includes a reference to notices, guidance notes or other similar communications by whatever name called.
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Disciplinary control over foreign lawyers and solicitors registered under this Part, etc.
130R.
—(1)  Without prejudice to Part VII, a complaint may be made to the Attorney-General under this section in respect of the conduct of —
(a)
a foreign lawyer or a solicitor registered by the Attorney-General under this Part; or
(b)
a foreign lawyer granted the approval of the Attorney-General under section 130L.
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(2)  Every complaint made under this section shall be in writing and be supported by a statutory declaration setting out —
(a)
the name, address and occupation of the complainant;
(b)
the name and address of the foreign lawyer or solicitor complained against;
(c)
the grounds of the complaint; and
(d)
the evidence of the alleged misconduct.
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(3)  The Attorney-General may, in his discretion, waive any requirement in subsection (2).
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(4)  Where the Attorney-General has received under this section any complaint in respect of the conduct of a foreign lawyer registered by the Attorney-General under section 130I, 130J or 130K or granted the approval of the Attorney-General under section 130L or of a solicitor registered by the Attorney-General under section 130O, or where any information is brought to the knowledgeof the Attorney-General which satisfies the Attorney-General that there may be grounds for such a complaint, the Attorney-General may, if he is of the opinion that there is sufficient reason for doing so —
(a)
cancel or suspend, for such period (not exceeding 5 years) as he may think fit, the registration of the foreign lawyer under section 130I, 130J or 130K or of the solicitor under section 130O, or revoke or suspend, for such period (not exceeding 5 years) as he may think fit, the approval of the foreign lawyer under section 130L, as the case may be;
(b)
order the foreign lawyer or solicitor to pay a penalty of not more than $100,000;
(c)
censure the foreign lawyer or solicitor; or
(d)
order the foreign lawyer or solicitor to pay the penalty referred to in paragraph (b) in addition to imposing the punishment referred to in paragraph (a) or (c).
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(5)  Where the Attorney-General has received under this section any complaint in respect of the conduct of a solicitor registered by the Attorney-General under section 130N, or where any information is brought to the knowledge of the Attorney-General which satisfies the Attorney-General that there may be grounds for such a complaint, the Attorney-General may —
(a)
if he considers it appropriate, refer the complaint or information to the Society under section 85(3) instead of proceeding in accordance with this section; or
(b)
if he decides to proceed in accordance with this section and is of the opinion that there is sufficient reason for doing so —
(i)
cancel or suspend, for such period (not exceeding 5 years) as he may think fit, the registration of the solicitor under section 130N;
(ii)
order the solicitor to pay a penalty of not more than $100,000;
(iii)
censure the solicitor; or
(iv)
order the solicitor to pay the penalty referred to in sub-paragraph (ii) in addition to imposing the punishment referred to in sub-paragraph (i) or (iii).
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(6)  If the foreign lawyer or solicitor concerned fails to pay a penalty imposed under subsection (4)(b) or (d) or (5)(b)(ii) or (iv) within such time as the Attorney-General may specify, the Attorney-General may cancel or suspend, for such period (not exceeding 5 years) as the Attorney-General may think fit, the registration of that foreign lawyer under section 130I, 130J or 130K or of that solicitor under section 130N or 130O, or revoke or suspend, for such period (not exceeding 5 years) as the Attorney-General may think fit, the approval of that foreign lawyer under section 130L, as the case may be.
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(7)  Before taking any action against a foreign lawyer or a solicitor under subsection (4), (5)( b) or (6), the Attorney-General shall give the foreign lawyer or solicitor concerned not less than 14 days to make representations in writing.
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(8)  In respect of any action or order under this section, any determination or application by the Attorney-General, on the facts and in the circumstances of the case before him, of any rules of an applicable jurisdiction relating to the professional conduct or ethics of the foreign lawyer or solicitor concerned shall be final and binding on that foreign lawyer.
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(9)  Subject to section 85(3A), any action, order or determination taken or made by the Attorney-General under this section shall not in any way affect the power or authority of the Society, or of any other relevant professional disciplinary body (whether in Singapore or in any state or territory outside Singapore), to take such action as it deems appropriate against the foreign lawyer or solicitor concerned in respect of the same conduct.
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(10)  Where a foreign lawyer who was registered under this Part in force immediately before the relevant date is deemed under section 130I(6), 130J(6) or 130K(4) to be registered under section 130I, 130J or 130K, as the case may be, and any complaint is made, whether before, on or after the relevant date, in respect of any conduct of the foreign lawyer before the relevant date —
(a)
the Attorney-General may, on or after the relevant date, deal with that complaint in accordance with this section; and
(b)
any proceedings in respect of that complaint under section 130O as in force immediately before the relevant date which are pending immediately before the relevant date shall continue, on or after the relevant date, as proceedings under this section.
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Attorney-General’s decision final, etc.
130S.
—(1)  Any decision made by the Attorney-General under this Part shall be final and conclusive.
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(2)  The Attorney-General may, if he is satisfied that it is in the public interest to do so, vary or revoke any condition imposed by him under this Part.
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Failure to apply for licence, register or furnish information
130T.
—(1)  Where —
(a)
a foreign law practice and a Singapore law practice are required to obtain a Joint Law Venture licence but fail to apply for the licence;
(b)
a foreign law practice is required to obtain a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice licence or foreign law practice licence but fails to apply for the licence; or
(c)
a Joint Law Venture or its constituent foreign law practice or constituent Singapore law practice, or a foreign law practice, fails to furnish any particulars or information required under this Part,
then the rights of the Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice under or arising out of any contract in relation to the legal services provided through the office or place of business in Singapore of the Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice (as the case may be) shall not be enforceable in legal proceedings in the name of the Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice.
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(2)  Where a foreign lawyer —
(a)
is required to be registered by the Attorney-General under section 130I, 130J or 130K but fails to applyfor such registration; or
(b)
fails to furnish any particulars or information required under this Part,
then the rights of the foreign lawyer under or arising out of any contract in relation to the legal services provided through the office or place of business in Singapore of the Joint Law Venture, foreign law practice or Singapore law practice (as the case may be) in which he is employed or is practising law shall not be enforceable in legal proceedings in the name of the foreign lawyer or of the Joint Law Venture, foreign law practice or Singapore law practice.
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(3)  Where a solicitor who practises in a Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice —
(a)
is required to be registered by the Attorney-General under section 130N or 130O but fails to apply for such registration; or
(b)
fails to furnish any particulars or information required under this Part,
then the rights of the solicitor under or arising out of any contract in relation to the legal services provided through the office or place of business in Singapore of the Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice (as the case may be) in which he is employed or is practising law shall not be enforceable in legal proceedings in the name of the lawyer or the Joint Law Venture or foreign law practice.
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Civil penalty
130U.
—(1)  Any person (including a Joint Law Venture, Formal Law Alliance, foreign law practice or Singapore law practice) that contravenes any provision in this Part shall be liable to pay a civil penalty in accordance with this section.
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(2)  Whenever it appears to the Attorney-General that any such person has contravened any provision in this Part, the Attorney-General may bring an action in a court to seek an order for a civil penalty in respect of that contravention against —
(a)
that person;
(b)
the foreign law practice or Singapore law practice in which that person is a partner, a director, a consultant or an employee;
(c)
the Joint Law Venture or its constituent foreign law practice or constituent Singapore law practice, in which that person is practising; or
(d)
the Formal Law Alliance or any foreign law practice or Singapore law practice which is a member thereof and in which that person is practising.
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(3)  If the court is satisfied on a balance of probabilities that the person has contravened a provision in this Part, the court may make an order for the payment of a civil penalty against —
(a)
the person, being an individual, of a sum not exceeding $50,000; or
(b)
the foreign law practice, Singapore law practice, Joint Law Venture or Formal Law Alliance against which the action is brought under subsection (2), of a sum not exceeding $100,000.
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(4)  Notwithstanding subsection (3), where an action has been brought against a person or a foreign law practice, Singapore law practice, Joint Law Venture or Formal Law Alliance (referred to in this section as the defendant), the court may make an order against the defendant if the Attorney-General has agreed to allow the defendant to consent to the order with or without admission of a contravention of a provision in this Part and the order may be made on such terms as may be agreed between the Attorney-General and the defendant.
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(5)  Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the Attorney-General from entering into an agreement with the defendant to pay, with or without admission of liability, a civil penalty within the limits referred to in subsection (3) for a contravention of any provision in this Part.
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(6)  A civil penalty imposed under this section shall be payable to the Consolidated Fund.
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(7)  If the defendant fails to pay the civil penalty imposed on him within the time specified in the court order referred to in subsection (3) or (4) or specified under the agreement referred to in subsection (5), the Attorney-General may recover the civil penalty as though the civil penalty were a judgment debt due to the Government.
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(8)  Rules of Court may be made to —
(a)
regulate and prescribe the procedure and practice to be followed in respect of proceedings under this section; and
(b)
provide for costs and fees of such proceedings, and for regulating any matter relating to the costs of such proceedings.
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(9)  This section shall apply notwithstanding that any disciplinary action has been taken against the foreign lawyer or solicitor concerned under any other provision of this Act or by any professional disciplinary body (whether in Singapore or in any state or territory outside Singapore).
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Liability of partners, directors and shareholders
130V.  Where a Joint Law Venture, Formal Law Alliance, foreign law practice or Singapore law practice is proved to have contravened any provision in this Part, every partner, director and shareholder of the Joint Law Venture, Formal Law Alliance, foreign law practice or Singapore law practice (as the case may be) at the time of the contravention shall be deemed to have contravened the provision, unless he proves that —
(a)
the contravention occurred without his consent or connivance; and
(b)
he exercised such diligence to prevent the contravention as he ought to have exercised having regard to the nature of his function in that capacity and to all the circumstances.
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Rules
130W.
—(1)  The Minister may, after consulting the Attorney-General, make such rules as may be necessary or expedient for the purposes of this Part.
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(2)  Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Minister may, after consulting the Attorney-General, make rules —
(a)
to prescribe anything which may be prescribed under this Part;
(b)
to prescribe the experience and expertise required for eligibility to apply for a Joint Law Venture licence or a Formal Law Alliance licence;
(c)
to prescribe the manner or means by which a Joint Law Venture or a Formal Law Alliance may conduct its business or publicise itself;
(d)
to provide for any provision of this Act (other than this Part) to apply, with such modifications as may be specified, to —
(i)
a constituent Singapore law practice of a Joint Law Venture;
(ii)
a Singapore law practice which is a member of a Formal Law Alliance; or
(iii)
a solicitor practising in —
(A)
a constituent foreign law practice or constituent Singapore law practice of a Joint Law Venture; or
(B)
a foreign law practice or Singapore law practice which is a member of a Formal Law Alliance;
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(e)
to prescribe the qualifications, experience and expertise required of a foreign lawyer for eligibility to apply for registration under section 130I, 130J or 130K;
(f)
to prescribe the conditions that a foreign lawyer registered under section 130I, 130J or 130K must comply with;
(g)
to specify the type of Singapore law practice at which a foreign lawyer registered under section 130J or 130K may practise, including the areas of practice of the Singapore law practice;
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(h)
to prescribe the institutions of higher learning and the qualifications conferred thereby which may be recognised for the purposes of section 130Ior 130J;
(i)
to provide that a foreign lawyer referred to in section 130I or 130J must take and pass such qualifying examinations as the Attorney-General may require, and to provide for such examinations to be administered and conducted by a panel of examiners as provided in the rules;
(j)
to provide that a foreign lawyer referred to in section 130I or 130J must successfully complete such modules in such courses of instruction as the Attorney-General may require;
(k)
to specify the minimum standard of attainment to be achieved by a foreign lawyer in relation to the qualifications referred to in paragraph (h), examinations referred to in paragraph (i) or courses referred to in paragraph (j);
(l)
to require a foreign lawyer referred to in section 130I or 130J to have practised as a partner, a director or an employee in a Singapore law practice for a minimum period, and to specify any requirements as to the type of Singapore law practice at which the foreign lawyer must have practised, including any area of practice of the Singapore law practice;
(m)
to prescribe any condition for eligibility to apply for any licence, registration or approval under this Part;
(n)
to provide, without prejudice to the generality of section 130P, for the making of any application for any licence, registration or approval under this Part, or for the renewal of any such licence, registration or approval, and for all other related matters;
(o)
to provide for the payment of fees for any application for, issue of or renewal of any licence under this Part, or any application for or renewal of any registration or approval under this Part, and for all other related matters;
(p)
to provide for the cancellation, suspension or revocation of any licence, registration or approval under this Part;
(q)
to require the submission of information and particulars relating to any Joint Law Venture, Formal Law Alliance, Qualifying Foreign Law Practice, foreign law practice, representative office, foreign lawyer or solicitor licensed or registered under this Part or granted the approval of the Attorney-General under section 130L, or required to be so licensed or registered or to obtain such approval, and any person practising in or employed by any such Joint Law Venture, Formal Law Alliance, Qualifying Foreign Law Practice, foreign law practice or representative office;
(r)
to provide for the form and manner in which registers of Joint Law Ventures, Formal Law Alliances, Qualifying Foreign Law Practices, foreign law practices, representative offices, foreign lawyers and solicitors licensed or registered under this Part are to be kept;
(s)
to provide for the form and manner in which registers of approvals of the Attorney-General under section 130L are to be kept;
(t)
to provide for the issuance and amendment of licences, certificates of registration, certificates of approval or certificates of good standing and certified true copies thereof, and for the payment of fees in relation thereto;
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(u)
for regulating the professional conduct, ethics and disciplinary control of Joint Law Ventures, Formal Law Alliances, Qualifying Foreign Law Practices, foreign law practices, foreign lawyers and solicitors licensed or registered under this Part or granted the approval of the Attorney-General under section 130L, including the imposition of compulsory insurance cover and financial controls;
(v)
to provide for any provision of this Act that is applicable to an advocate and solicitor to apply, with such modifications as may be specified, to —
(i)
any foreign lawyer or solicitor registered under this Part; or
(ii)
any foreign lawyer granted the approval of the Attorney-General under section 130L;
(w)
to provide for measures to ensure compliance with the requirements of section 130L, including measures requiring any foreign lawyer who is a shareholder or partner in a Singapore law practice to divest himself of his shares or interests in the Singapore law practice;
(x)
to provide for sections 72 and 73 and any rules made thereunder to apply, with such modifications as may be specified, to —
(i)
a Joint Law Venture or its constituent foreign law practice;
(ii)
a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice;
(iii)
a licensed foreign law practice; or
(iv)
a solicitor registered by the Attorney-General under section 130N to practise Singapore law in a Joint Law Venture or its constituent foreign law practice, a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice or a licensed foreign law practice,
in respect of the practice of Singapore law;
(y)
to exempt any person or entity, or any class of persons or entities, from any provision of this Part ; and
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(z)
to make such transitional, savings or other consequential provisions as the Minister considers necessary or expedient.
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